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Martin Donovan

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About the Movie

From Tribeca Film. Childhood neighbors Robert (Martin Donovan), a liberal playwright, and Gus (David Morse), a right-wing ex-con, experience an unusual reunion when Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint in this acclaimed film.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 5, 2012

Fresh: The dolefully talented actor Martin Donovan wrote, directed, and stars in a pressure-cooker two-hander. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 4, 2012

Fresh: On one level, it's a dark, funny tragedy, but it's also Donovan's thesis on his own craft. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Jul 3, 2012

Fresh: It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Jul 5, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Two superb actors at the top of their game

There is really nothing about this film which doesn't ring true: The failure, returning home, tail between his legs, under the guise of visiting his mom, only to be taken hostage by the piece of garbage he grew up with across the street. Been there, done that, (well, emotional hostage, anyway). Donovan touches on an interesting subject, the ignorant, violent loser as the "my country right or wrong" patriot. It's as if these deluded fools cling to the illusion that just being American makes them superior, even if nothing else in their uslelsss, miserable lives is working. And call them on it, and they'll kill ya. Martin Donovan has done himself proud, David Morse continues to astound.

Clever piece of work

Brilliant work by Martin Donovan. David Morse is outstandingly good at his craft. Two unlikely collaborators share moments of creative work during a tense situation.

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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